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May 7, 2021

Heavy Mettle

It’s been over a year since Gov. Chris Sununu chose the New Hampshire National Guard as his state champion. COVID-19 has been a formidable foe. But the battle is turning. “The size and duration of this activation has been unprecedented,” said NH Adjutant Gen. David Mikolaities. “It truly reflects on the next greatest generation and their ability to help their community, state and nation.” About 1,260 guardsmen have served on Task Force Granite, the state’s makeshift pandemic response force. But as more Granite Staters become vaccinated, support missions are drawing to an end. Many guardsmen have returned to their civilian jobs. About 660 NH Guard soldiers and airmen remain on orders supporting four lines of effort.

May 5, 2021

Running for Carter

The 2021 New Hampshire National Guard Marathon Team trekked west to the Great Plains of Nebraska to race in the Lincoln Marathon on May 2. The team was missing one of its top athletes this year. Spc. Carter Schade, a motor transport operator with the 941st Military Police Battalion, died unexpectedly Jan. 21. He was 20 years old. The team dedicated the race in Schade’s memory.

April 28, 2021

First Class Distributors

After more than a year of supporting the state’s national stockpile during the worst pandemic in modern history, the New Hampshire National Guard’s distribution mission is coming to an end. “We're getting to the point where the PPE suppliers are opening back up,” said Capt. Jeremy Saunders this week. The officer in charge of Task Force Distro explained that medical facilities across the state are now able to purchase PPE through normal supply channels.

April 10, 2021

Brothers In Arms

Spc. Dylan Martel, a mechanic assigned to the 3643d Brigade Support Battalion, joined the New Hampshire Army National Guard to serve his country and do something meaningful. He enlisted through a split training option his junior year at Concord High School in 2016. Two years later his brother, Spc. Ryan Martel, followed the same path.

April 1, 2021

NH Guardsmen sport tiger stripes one last time

The Airman Battle Uniform or ABU, notorious for its pixelated gray-blue tiger stripes and sage green combat boots, was officially decommissioned today. In its place, the Air Force adopted the Army's Operational Camouflage Pattern or OCP, which was unveiled in 2015. New Hampshire Air Guardsmen were issued the new look months ago, but a handful of airmen assigned to Task Force Distro wore their ABUs to work one final time at the state’s COVID-19 PPE warehouse in Concord on March 31.

March 29, 2021

Row-a-thon hosted by NHNG task force

About 54 New Hampshire guardsmen competed in a 26.2-mile row-a-thon on the drill hall floor at Joint Force Headquarters in Concord on March 24, the brunt of competitors from various missions assigned to the state’s COVID-19 task force.

March 22, 2021

Tip of the Iceberg

Last week, Task Force Vaccination administered its 250,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Feb. 19, 2021

Message to the Force

Two months into the new year, it’s all hands on deck as we continue to support pandemic relief operations. Yesterday, our fixed vaccination sites set several milestones: a single-day record administering more than 5,800 vaccines across the state now bringing the total to over 100,000-vaccines administered statewide. With nearly 800 NHNG soldiers and airmen currently activated, we’ve surpassed our previous high of 740 from last May. New Hampshire now has the highest percentage of guardsmen on duty in the country.

Feb. 6, 2021

Arrival makes dozen planes for Pease

The 157th Air Refueling Wing has its full complement of planes, following the delivery of a KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueler directly from the factory to Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, New Hampshire, Feb. 5. The arrival brings the base’s fleet to its full roster of 12 jets.

Feb. 3, 2021

NH Guardsmen return from DC mobilization

The contingent of New Hampshire guardsmen mobilized to Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration has returned. After guarding an office building and then staging at the Department of Agriculture during the presidential inauguration, the team of 50 NH citizen soldiers and airmen completed its security mission at other government facilities. They flew back to New Hampshire on Jan. 23 after New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu ordered their immediate return.

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